Local young musicians to perform alongside world renowned baritone and pianist on Monday 20 November at Open, Bank Plain


OPEN Youth Trust (OPEN) is pleased to announce that on Monday 20th November ensembles from Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians (NCYM) and Norfolk County Youth Orchestra (NCYO) will be performing as supports alongside world famous baritone Roderick Williams and leading pianist Iain Burnside.

The ensembles consist of a Chamber Choir, a String Quartet and Clarinet Choir and are just three of the thirty ensembles from NCYM which covers a wide range of instruments, ensembles and styles of music.

Following performances by the NCYM & NCYO baritone Roderick Williams will be accompanied on piano by Iain Burnside in a performance of Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin.

Juliet Rickard, Manager of NCYM & Director of NCYO said: “We are delighted and privileged to be working alongside Roderick Williams and Iain Burnside at OPEN for the first in what we hope will be a long and fruitful partnership.   All the musicians performing at this event attend the Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians”.

Speaking about his ambition to stage more classical concerts and recitals, CEO John Gordon-Saker said: “As a youth charity we are thrilled to be working with for young musicians from NCYO and NCYM and to be able to offer the opportunity for them to support two renowned classical performers. It is also fantastic that both Roddy and Iain have agreed to launch OPEN as a new classical venue for Norwich. Our Banking Hall is a magnificent space with an excellent acoustic for this kind of repertoire.”

Roderick Williams said “Launching OPEN’s classical venture is exciting and Iain and I are delighted to be supported by young local classical musicians. My ambition is to introduce primary and secondary school children to a broad range of classical music and I look forward to exploring that opportunity further via OPEN Youth Trust and their school connections.”

Tickets are on sale now at £29.00 adv or £10 adv for under 25s

For more details of the concert see

Roderick Williams has sung concert repertoire with all the BBC orchestras and many other ensembles including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Philharmonia, London Sinfonietta, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé, Britten Sinfonia, Bournemouth Symphony and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.  Abroad he has worked with the Berlin Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Russian National Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and Bach Collegium Japan amongst others.   His many festival appearances include the BBC Proms (including the Last Night in 2014), Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh and Melbourne.

Iain Burnside is a pianist who has appeared in recital with many of the world’s leading singers. His recordings straddle an exuberantly eclectic repertoire ranging from Beethoven and Schubert to the cutting edge, as in the Gramophone Award-winning NMC Songbook. Recent recordings include the complete Rachmaninov songs (Delphian) with seven outstanding Russian artists. His passion for English Song is reflected in acclaimed CDs of Britten, Finzi, Ireland, Butterworth and Vaughan Williams, many with Roderick Williams. As presenter of BBC R3’s Voices he won a Sony Radio Award, he is Artistic Director of the Ludlow English Song Weekend and Artistic Consultant to Grange Park Opera.

NCYM is the flagship Music Centre of Norfolk Music Service, Guildhall School of Music, London, and City of Norwich School. Young musicians are encouraged to work in ensembles with professional musicians and develop high levels of performance, musicianship and composition. NCYM meets every Saturday during term time from 9:00am – 1:30pm at The Arc, City of Norwich School.

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